"If you leave Confusion Hill more confused than when you entered, we have succeeded" ~Doug Campbell

We are sad to announce the passing of Doug Campbell, the owner of Confusion Hill and our good friend.

DOUGLAS EUGENE CAMPBELL Douglas Eugene Campbell was born August 22, 1951 in San Jose, CA and passed away September 3, 2017 in Piercy, CA. He grew up in San Jose where he attended public high school and would later receive a BA degree in Agriculture from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Doug also attended the College of the Redwoods and served as substitute teacher there. Doug was an avid reader, a dedicated history buff, an artist and a world wide traveler. Doug was manager of the Old Port Fishing Company in Avila for many years. He was also a rancher following that time. Doug later began a ten year career as Assistant Factory Manager on the ship, Arctic Storm, on the Bering Sea with his brother Don. Doug, Don and Doug's wife Carol began an adventure on the Redwood Highway when they became owners of Confusion Hill in 1999. Doug loved his community and worked tirelessly for the Minnie Stoddard Lily Memorial Bridge, also establishing the Confusion Hill historical point of interest, and many other community activities. Doug wore many hats as owner of Confusion Hill. He was known as the Confusion Hill's train Engineer, and ironically as the notorious train robber, Derailing Doug. Like many who carved out their lives along the Redwood Highway, Doug was an amazing entrepreneur with a true pioneer spirit and wonderful humor. Doug is predeceased by his parents, John and Geraldine Campbell, his brother Donald Ralph Campbell, and their "Nana", Grace Friend. Doug is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carol Pankowski Campbell. His son Casey Campbell, Casey's mother Candice Dee Boylan, Casey's wife Michelle and their three children: Madison, Jessie, and Christopher. His stepsons: John, Phillip, and Jeff Pankowski. His uncle Gene Friend, his wife "Aunt Sue;" their daughter Kathy Friend Banks, her husband Ed and children. His cousin, Craig Potter, wife Beverly and children. His Confusion Hill family, John and Becky Mills; Tony VanSteen and many other family and friends.

"If you came here to have fun, you will...if not, you won't" ~Doug

"If you came here to have fun, you will...if not, you won't" ~Doug

Snack Shack is Open and the #2 Train is Chugging....All Aboard!!

Howdy partners, we sure are glad the sunny season is back!

  Doug's Snack shack is open, serving chili-cheese fries and delicious blackberry shakes and our historic train is chugging along through the redwoods again.

We are open now from 9am to 6pm as well, so folks driving late can still swing by to see our world-famous Gravity House and find treasures in our Gift Shop of Wonders.

Always make the time to take the scenic route.


Kai, the Ambassador of Confusion Hill   

Bigfoot Bonanza on the Barbary Coast!

Greetings from Confusion Hill,

As it has been a tad rainy up here, we just wanna let you know our world famous gravity house is still open for business! Have you received a fortune from our Wizard Fortune Teller yet? 

We are proud to announce that Confusion Hill is a sponsor of this year’s Bigfoot Bonanza, a Bigfoot film festival and conference being held down at the Barbary Coast of San Francisco at the haunted and historic Balboa Theatre March 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017.

 This three day film festival and conference will include renowned Bigfoot researchers Cliff Barackman, of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot any many other guest speakers. In addition to the Bigfoot researchers, the weekend will include a three day smorgasbord of cult classic Bigfoot, Swamp Monster and Yeti movies and documentaries.

 All this will take place on both screens of the historic Balboa Theatre and will be hosted by yours truly, the Ambassador of Confusion Hill.

For people who are into obscure Bigfoot films, giant monsters, drinking beer, eating popcorn and talking about Bigfoot with actual Bigfoot researchers, this is for you!

More information and a full schedule of the speakers and films can be found at www.bigfootbonanza.com.  Tickets can be purchased directly through the Balboa Theatre: http://www.cinemasf.com/balboa/buy-tickets or(415) 221-8184.  They anticipate this event to sell out and are encouraging people to buy their tickets in advance.

Support your local Northern California Monster and Hope to see ya there!


 Kai, Ambassador of Confusion Hill

Minnie now has a Historical Plaque!

Greetings folks from near and far,

We are proud to announce that Yerba Buena #1 of the “Ancient and Honorable” historical group E Clampus Vitus, placed a historical plaque for Minnie!

As some of you may know, in a small grove of redwoods across from the parking lot of Confusion Hill, lays a grave for Minnie Stoddard Lilley (1885-1947), who was a true California pioneer woman. Courageous, creative, kind and musically-inclined, Minnie was also an environmentalist, a homesteader, a school teacher and a pioneer with true grit in every sense of the word. 

Thank ye again Yerba Buena #1! 


Kai,  Ambassador of Confusion Hill